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Fresh lockdown looms in UK over new COVID variant

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THE UK government is set to announce a relaxation international travel rules later today amid fears that coronavirus mutations from other countries could plunge the country into another lockdown.

  Announcing the development, Environment Secretary George Eustice challenged ministers and health officials to balance keeping the travel industry afloat and protecting the country from coronavirus mutations.

  “Arguably the biggest threat to the travel industry is that we do get another variant that manages to get around the vaccine, that the vaccine can’t deal with, then we’re into another full lockdown and that’s not what we want.”

  He further emphasised, “that’s why we’ve taken this cautiously, step by step, because we want each step we take to be irreversible.”

  Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation put the globe on red alert over the Mu variant, which is believed to have begun in Colombia and spread across South America.

  In his contribution, UK  health official, Andrew Flintham said, “there are hundreds of businesses out there who will not survive this winter unless changes are made.”

  Under current rules, everyone returning from green list countries must take a COVID-19 lateral flow test before their return and submit a PCR test just two days after being back in the UK.

  The government will remove the requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to take a lateral flow test before heading to their destination; necessitating the need for a costly PCR test on their return into Britain.

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